SpySpy by Hocobi Inc. icon

SpySpy ($0.99) by Hocobi Inc. is an exciting side-scrolling arcade game that will have you hiding in trashcans and rescuing secret agents with the tap of a finger. Try your hand at espionage with this entertaining adventure.

SpySpy by Hocobi Inc. screenshot

Players control Agent Spike, the best spy the Agency has. He must jump, hide, and climb his way through 60 challenging levels, rescuing kidnapped co-workers all the while. Using a virtual D-pad and jump button, move Spike across multi level platforms while avoiding detection from guards, dogs and strange looking robots. There are helpful informants along the way to reveal side missions, like finding and stealing data chips.

The gameplay is simple, yet challenging. As the game progresses, obstacles become harder to avoid. Timing becomes essential in the attempt to rescue fellow agents and hide from enemies.

On the fourth generation iPod touch the virtual D-pad does not work well. At times, when trying to move down, the character runs left. After jumping, Spike just stands there and the left or right button will have to be pressed again in order to get him to move. This kind of unresponsiveness makes playing the game nearly impossible since it requires split second timing. I couldn’t even make it out of the exercise (or training) campaign. It may be that I was unable to properly use the D-pad because of my fat fingers, but I’d like to think I have not quite reached a Homer Simpson level of keyboard mashing just yet.

Other than the unresponsiveness of the virtual controller, the game is terrific. The graphics are entertaining, the soundtrack is clever and the levels are challenging. If you play on a fourth generation iPod touch, be aware of a possible issue with ease of movement, unless it really is just me. Pick it up for only $0.99 in the App Store.

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